Fw: Travel Pool Report #5 9-1-15

From: LaGanga, Maria [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2015 01:32 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP
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Subject: Travel Pool Report #5 9-1-15

At Kenai Fjords National Park


Strolling alone into the Exit Glacier outlook, sun glinting off his aviator glasses, POTUS called out "How's this? Beats being in the office."

With the glacier's stark beauty as a backdrop, Obama referenced the signposts that punctuate the gravel path toward Exit Glacier. Each one has a different year, and each marks just where the glacier was in its shrinking path to its current state. The first one says 1815, according to Deborah Kurtz, the physical science program manager for Kenai Fjords National Park. The first one the pool -- and that POTUS after us -- passed at the beginning of the trail said 1917.

"You guys have been seeing these signs as we walk that mark where the glacier used to be...This is as good of a signpost of what we're dealing with when it comes to climate change as just about anything."

"This place has lost about a mile and a half over the last couple hundred years. The reduction in glaciers has accelerated each and every year."

"This is one of the most studied glaciers."

"What it indicates, because of the changing patterns of winter and less snow and longer, hotter summers, is how rapidly the glacier is receding. It sends a message."

"When the glaciers erode, that' also a sign of water that's being introduce into the oceans and rising sea levels."

"The warming generally has had an impact on the flora and fauna of this national park."

"It is spectacular. WE want to make sure that our grandkids can see this."

The gravel trail from the park nature center to the overlook where Obama spoke wound through a forest of cottonwoods and alders, Kurtz said. There were leaves on the ground and green ferns. The air smelled clean and

Maria L. La Ganga

Seattle Bureau Chief

Los Angeles Times

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